About Us

Our Vision and Mission

As the Third Sector interface for South Lanarkshire the Vision is:

"The quality of community and voluntary sector  in South Lanarkshire is among the best in Scotland"

To achieve this we are committed to being sustainable and innovative in delivering all our activities and services. This will enable us to achieve our mission for communities:

"To shape, strengthen and serve a strong, vibrant, empowered and inclusive volunteering community and Third Sector in South Lanarkshire"

Our Remit

Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire is South Lanarkshire’s Third Sector Interface (TSI). Third sector Interfaces across Scotland are required by the Scottish Government to operate within 4 core areas of activity:

  • Volunteering development
  • Social Enterprise development
  • Supporting and developing a strong third sector
  • Building the third sector relationship with community planning

Within these 4 core areas we deliver a wide range of activities and services designed for the benefit of the Third Sector and wider community. We also balance these with key and emerging local and national  developments impacting on communities, and prioritise our activities to maximise our resources and focus on where we can make the greatest difference.

We participate in a number of strategic partnership boards, groups and networks representing the Third Sector at all levels of engagement which cover the four core areas.

Brief History

Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire Limited (VASLan) is a charitable company, limited by guarantee, as defined by the Companies Act 2006 incorporated on 5th October 2006 and is a recognised charity.

The company was established under a Memorandum of Association which recognised the objects and powers of the charitable company and is governed under its Articles of Association. In 2011 the charitable company proposed and adopted revised Articles of Association facilitating the establishment of a South Lanarkshire Interface. These Articles were renewed in 2016.

The charitable company passed a special resolution on 4th February 2011 changing its name from Local Communities Development Trust Ltd to Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire.

The formal merger of staff was effected from 1 April 2011 and completed 30 June 2011 with the staff members of CVS Hamilton & East Kilbride, Create - Cambuslang and Rutherglen Ltd & Volunteer Centre South Lanarkshire Ltd coming together under the Company - Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire.

Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire is the third sector interface organisation for South Lanarkshire. Our work is varied supporting the third sector, and working with our partners including Scottish Government, South Lanarkshire Council, NHS Lanarkshire, Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.